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RATINGS: 1149   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Huge sweet body, big flavors and high alcohol levels, this beer is best enjoyed by a raging fire. Complex caramel sweetness is well balanced by generous hopping, delivering an intense, smooth drinking experience. Intense fruity caramel malts, citrus hops, and alcohol notes waft up to tickle your senses.
2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Awesome brew! I drank this out of a friggin' plastic cup at the brewery, so I couldn't see the body very well, but I'm pretty sure it was dark red. The head was quite creamy with very small bubbles. Small amount of caramel in the aroma along with the same hops featured in the flavor. Syrupy, plummy, winey taste. Gin-like hops with lemon citrus.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Draft at the brewery, aged one year. Poured a murky brown color with a creamy yellowish off white head and nice lacing. Strong citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Very rich mouthfeel had tastes of citrus and bitter hops, and well as being balanced by a nice sweet maltiness.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Truly amazing. Very sweet and the aroma is very fruity. Brown color with nice head. Alcohol was somewhat noticable. Definitely have to sip and savor the moment.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2007 (Draught) Pours a medium brown with a medium-sized beige head. Had a wonderful array of fruit flavors and caramel. Alcohol was nicely covered by the abundant flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Aroma: sweet honey and strawberries. Appearance: light brown Flavor: strawberries and cream, with slight corn flavors when warmed. Also, vanilla yogurt and carmel malts. Palate: Very smooth with slight carbonation, like a very weak soda. Overall an excellent barley wine, probably one of the better ones I have had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Draft @ brewery, Thanksgiving 2003 - Murky dark brown, aroma of strong, sweet berries and scotch. Intensely punchy and strong... amazing representation of the style. Thick, ravaging the mouth with scotch, pine, sweet maple, pears... perfect mouthfeel. rerate needed, but I don’t trust the bottles.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
Redbrown with thin beige head. Aroma dominated by Cascade hops and alcohol. The flavour is sweet with tones of toffee and Cascade. Lots of alcohol. Decent try

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2003
a very nice barnyard aroma, with a slightly buttery, perhaps cheesey taste in the front with some nice dark fruits coming through in the back, with a little bit of hop in the fatertaste and a very solid malty backbone. Very dark and syrupy, with some extremely solid complexities. I would like to have some more of this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2003 I had one as part of my three beers at the 3Floyd's tour. This is fantastic. I could probably drink one throughout a week and still enjoy it. It's so strong too and the warmth it generated inside myself was anything, but that ugly behemoth as a mascot. I wish I had more than one. And I will, for some better notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1013) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Wow...what an incredible Barley wine. Great flavor that improves markedly as the beer warms. Beautiful coloration, a nice subtle hoppiness...excellent!


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